Loneliness linked to increased death risk for cardiac patients

(By Gabrielle Masson for Becker’s Hospital Review)

Loneliness among cardiac patients is strongly associated with worse mortality rates and health outcomes, according to a study published in Heart.

Researchers analyzed data from 13,443 patients discharged or transferred from Danish heart centers between April 2013 and April 2014. Patients with ischaemic heart disease, arrhythmia, heart failure or heart valve disease self-reported behavioral health data through a survey, while one-year cardiac events and all-cause mortality data came from national registers. Of those surveyed, 70 percent were male. The mean age of patients was 64.9 for men and 66.1 for women.  Continue reading article here…

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